Dental Implants and the Prevention of Jaw Bone Deterioration
Date: July 18, 2012 Richard Jones

A person with missing teeth will have to deal with numerous dentistry concerns, which will not end with the embarrassment of having to go through daily activities without the presence of natural teeth. The discomfort and embarrassment of going toothless is just the beginning of missing teeth problems; additional concerns include difficulties in speaking, chewing, or eating. Another serious concern that those with missing teeth can face is jaw bone loss or deterioration. Dental implants can be used as missing teeth solutions, to prevent problems associated with jaw bone deterioration.

How do dental implants address jaw bone deterioration/jaw bone loss?

The loss of natural teeth will eventually lead to the deterioration of the quality of the individual’s jaw bone structure, specifically in the area where the natural tooth (or teeth) is lost. The jaw bone loss can negatively affect the mouth ridges and gums, and can even alter the way the face appears (because of the effect that the bone loss can have on facial muscles). The remaining natural teeth that surround the area of the missing teeth may even shift or become loosened along with the deterioration of the jaw bone quality.

Dental implants replace the form and function of not only the teeth that has gone missing, but also the tooth’s root. The jaw bone needs to be stimulated to prevent resorption or deterioration – when a tooth is lost, the jaw bone will lack the stimulation that it needs. A dental implant will act as the replacement of the natural tooth (that has gone missing), and will do the necessary jaw bone stimulation to prevent bone deterioration or bone loss. In a way, it is just like tricking the jaw bone into “thinking” that a natural tooth is present – when in truth, the dental implant has replaced the natural tooth’s form and function.

Do you suffer from missing teeth problems? Are you interested in having dental implants to prevent jaw bone deterioration? Please LEAVE A REPLY below, and share your experiences and comments with us!

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